I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


Friday letters – the glittering edition

Dear glitter,  I am amazed at how far you can spread, and how tenacious you are.  One afternoon in a classroom where two children were using glitter and I don’t think there was one item of my clothing, or one square inch of my skin that was not sparkly at the end of the day.  I’m not sure that I’ve managed to get rid of it yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some attached to these letters!

Dear Fiendish Fancies,  Oops, another one of your boxes seemed to leap into my shopping basket yesterday as I passed by the ‘seasonal’ aisle (and a few sweets to hand out if we have any Hallowe’en callers at the door, but I selected them from the shelf myself) – I don’t know what I am going to do with you!  So badly behaved…

Dear motorways of England and Scotland,  Please be clear and trouble free for me tomorrow as I drive northwards to spend a week with my mum.

Dear London,  It’s always a pleasure to walk along the banks of the Thames, when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

Dear poppies at the Tower of London,  You are fabulous and I really enjoyed seeing your wonderful display on Sunday.  The installation of hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies (one for every British armed forces life lost during WW1) is very moving.  A proper post about you will be following before too long.

Tower of London poppies

Have a good Friday!


weekly photo challenge: refraction

For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. “

It’s not often I actually take a photo specifically for the weekly challenge (I usually look through my folders to find something suitable) but yesterday I was in London, and saw two perfect opportunities to take photos involving reflective surfaces.   I was on the south bank of the Thames, walking from London Bridge station towards Hays Galleria when I saw this – the modern glass office block at the end of the road between two old wharf buildings, dating from 1861:

near Hays Galleria

On to the banks of the river now, and a few hundred  yards along I had this view, looking across to the Tower of London …

Tower of London

.. and here it is from the same spot, reflected in the windows I was walking past.

reflection of the Tower of London

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge


six word saturday -


I tried to resist for as long as possible, but a box of Fiendish Fancies found its way into my basket on my last shopping trip.  They are small, but very tasty!

Mr Kipling Fiendish Fancies

Happy Saturday!

This post is for Six Word Saturday.  Click over to  Show My Face for more sets of six words.


Friday letters – the weather free edition

Dear blackbirds,  I really enjoyed listening to you as I walked home from work yesterday.

Dear Asda floor cleaning machine,  Do you just wait for me to arrive before you start cleaning the floors?  Do your spies see my car pull into the car park and tell you to get into position?  It doesn’t happen in any of the other supermarkets but, every time I go to Asda, there you are (and sometimes there are two of you) beeping and working slowly in whichever aisle it is I want to be in and generally getting in my way.  I remember now why I very rarely visit Asda!

Dear Autumn,  You are beginning to look very attractive, as more and more of the leaves on the trees are starting to turn to shades of orange and red.

Dear Strictly Come Dancing,  Thank you very much for an excellent day/evening out last Saturday.  We had a great time, although it was a very long day queuing to get into the studios, and then sitting for 6 hours while the programme was recorded.  The carton of fruit juice and four-finger KitKat were very welcome at the end of the live show.

Dear weekend,  How can you nearly be here already?

Dear weather,  I hope you are not disappointed, but I am not going to write to you today.


Happy Friday!


Friday letters – the second October edition

Dear work,  It’s good to be back with colleagues I have worked with for years, but also nice that there are some new faces too.

Dear cakes, Why are you so tempting?

Dear parcel delivery companies,  Why do some of you deliver parcels two days earlier than your email says, but others have us waiting in the house all day and nothing comes?

Dear weather (I’m afraid I seem to be writing to you a lot),  Please can you make sure that heavy rain does not fall during the school day.  Our children don’t seem to be able to cope with the excitement!  Oh, and wet and windy weather at the same time as a full moon is a recipe for an over excited class of children (who have not been able to get outside at break times), and not much meaningful work being completed.

Dear pavement cleaner,  What happens to all the green plastic bags that you carefully fill with the leaves you have just swept up, and then leave in groups beside trees along our road?  I see the little piles of them every 100 yards or so, but I never see anyone take them away.

street sweeping cart

I hope you have a good Friday – it’s nearly the weekend!


A visit to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Minack Theatre

When we were in Cornwall during the summer, we went to see the famous open air Minack Theatre, near Porthcurno. The Minack Theatre is the result of the determination and ingenuity of Rowena Cade, who moved to the area in the 1920s and bought the Minack Headland for £100.  She built a house there, and was part of a group which staged plays in the garden.  She thought it would be much better if the productions were performed in a stepped theatre, and so began planning, and building, one into the rocks, with a sheer drop into the Atlantic ocean. With the help of two local craftsmen it took her six months to build a simple stage and seating, and over the following seven years it was improved and extended into the marvellous 750-seat theatre we see today.

Minack theatre seating

The seats are all carved with the names of productions that have been performed here since its first performance, The Tempest, in 1932.

carved seats in the Minack theatre

What a backdrop for a play…

marvellous backdrop

You can see the lighting, ready for the next evening performance…

rugged coastline

looking down on the stage

The views are simply stunning…

stunning view from Minack theatre

I’ll leave you with one of my favourites – agapanthus flowers and the sea…

Minack agapanthus


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